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Police chief suspended after video featuring drug use surfaces: ‘Show me grace … I am truly sorry’

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City leaders suspended a Mississippi police chief this week after footage surfaced of what appeared to be him smoking some type of drug.

What are the details?

WDAM-TV reported Tuesday that Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has been suspended with pay with regard to the incident.

Flynt, in the video, can be seen puffing on a pipe and boasting, "I'm only chief of police in Lumberton that likes to smoke weed."

WDAM reported that throughout the video, Christmas music can be heard in the background.

"I love 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,'" Flynt can also be heard saying in the video.

While what appears to be Flynt's police uniform hangs in the background, the police chief can be heard using expletives.

"If this ain't no cool [expletive]," Flynt says. "Who the coolest here? Me! I'm the coolest here."

What happened after the video went public?

WDAM reported that the police chief offered his resignation after the video went public, but it was not accepted.

The station reported that Flynt — who initially denied knowledge of a tape's existence — acknowledged the incident on his Facebook page.

Please know that one video , one mistake , does not define the person I am., my moral or ethical values . I made a huge mistake , first of all , I trusted the wrong person , welcomed them in my personal home , they recorded me in a vulnerable state and they planned every minute of it . This person being my wife who is obviously very vindictive. I love serving the town of Lumberton , the people there are like family to me. It saddens my heart that I've disappointed many as well as myself .

Just a thought .. Where would we all be if we all had hidden cameras in our home ? What would our neighbors , preachers , co workers , friends , etc. think of our conversations ? There is no excuse . I pray you all find it in your hearts to show me grace and know that I am truly sorry for this incident

Lumberton Mayor Quincy Rogers said that Flynt, who was sent home on Tuesday after Rogers reviewed the controversial footage, will remain on suspension until such time that city aldermen can convene and determine Flynt's fate.

According to WDAM, the aldermen are set to meet Tuesday.

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